5 tips to help you put your stress to rest

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Photo courtesy to Mick Miller

Noelle Walker

Stress seems as if it is a part of our daily routine as we tackle classes, extracurriculars and jobs. Worry and anxiety can make us feel like there’s a huge weight on our shoulders. To help with this, here are a few tips to put that stress to rest.

Get a Planner

Trying to keep track of everything you have to do for the day just from memory alone is nearly impossible, especially when you have so many things going on in your life. If you take a few moments and write down in a planner all your assignments and things you have to do over the course of the semester, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble and missed deadlines. Knowing ahead of time what you have to accomplish everyday will be a huge relief.

Clean

A lot of people don’t enjoy cleaning, but the outcome has a lot of benefits. “Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important,” according to Psychology Today.

For many people, the act of cleaning itself can help reduce stress as well. Having a clean living space will give you an environment you enjoy being in. You won’t have to worry about finding objects, tripping over a pile of clothes or having to clear off your desk full of water bottles so you can use it.

Something as simple as making your own bed can make you feel better.

 

Relax

As college students, we seem to be constantly on the go. But taking some time out of your day—or even just your week—for yourself can do a lot for your mind. Whether it’s taking a bubble bath or reading a book, clear your mind of everything you have going on for a while.

Don’t Procrastinate

Procrastination is never a good thing. Working on assignments continuously will save you from pulling an all nighter where you clutch your coffee and panic as the clock gets closer and closer to your deadline. Know when your assignments are due and plan to do a little bit every day.

A planner can help with this.


Exercise

Exercising has many great health benefits.

Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol,” according to Harvard Health Publishing.

Along with this, your self confidence will improve as you start to achieve your ideal body. As your waistline shrinks and your strength and stamina increase, your self-image will improve,” according to Harvard Health Publishing.

So, whether you decide to relax your mind and body with yoga or channel your inner track star, exercise will affect you in a positive way.

When life starts to feel overwhelming or you want to save yourself from future stress, try out one of these tips.

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